ensoOregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Current Exhibits

Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community

This exhibit celebrates the lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, and evokes memories of shared experiences - from early settlement through the unique challenges of World War II and into the 21st century. Please join us at the Legacy Center for a unique and educational glimpse of Japanese American life in Oregon.
 

Nisei Trilogy

Nisei Trilogy is a three print suite dedicated to the "Nisei," second generation Japanese Americans. Despite being Americans by birthright, the Nisei were denied their constitutional rights and placed in concentration camps for the duration of World War II.

Nisei Trilogy

The images were created by artist Roger Shimomura. The text was provided by Larry Matsuda. Both artist and poet were incarcerated in Camp Minidoka, Idaho, during the war and were later raised and educated in Seattle.

 

with:

Allie Takahashi:
Fabric & Skin
May 11 July 3, 2019

Allie Takahashi is an artist & tattooer based in Oakland, California. Combining divinatory methods with collage, painting, and installation, Takahashi uses the visual language of ukiyo-e (Edo-period Japanese woodblock prints) to evoke dynamics of intergenerational trauma and healing, specifically in the context of Japanese American experiences.

First Thursday June 6, 3-6pm
Free and open to the public

Uranai refers to the process of looking behind the curtain of the visible world for divine guidance. Takahashi's surreal figures of fabric, limbs, and cord express the fluidity of ancestral connection between realms of past and present, material and spirit, living and dead. In this space Takahashi invites you to meditate on the ghosts of fragmented selves, the weight of silence, the violence of assimilation, and the possibilities of liberation and political resistance through ancestral healing.

Allie Takahashi
 

 

 

Upcoming:

Portland Taiko 25th Anniversary Exhibition
July 18 September 22, 2019

Oregon Nikkei Endowment is proud to collaborate with Portland Taiko on a museum exhibit dedicated to Portland Taiko's 25 year history.

 

 


Museum hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 3 pm, Sundays noon to 3 pm. Admission is $5 ($3 for seniors/students, free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment).

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 Directions

Phone: 503-224-1458
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PCC Student Photos

PCC Student PhotoWe have posted on our Flickr page photos by Portland Community College photography students. Inspired by work of Motoya Nakamura and his Sakura Sakura exhibition, these photographs are also currently on display in the windows of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

During the month of May 2015, the students took dozens of pictures of our Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, which was once the heart of Portland's historic Japantown. They were guided through these streets around the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center by their class instructor Motoya Nakamura.

Joining the students were members of the Portland Photographic Society. They later juried the students' work and selected their very best photos which we are now able to share with you!

Which photographs do YOU like the most? Please share in the comments on Flickr!

 


Online Exhibits

Tour our permanent exhibit
Reflections of an American Community

 

Discover Nikkei
Oregon Nikkei Endowment is partnering with Discover Nikkei, one of the world's largest sources for Nikkei-related databases, history and culture, to create online collections of photographs and history relating to Oregon's Japanese American history.

Nihonmachi: Portland's Japantown

Nihonmachi

Nikkei Farmers of the Hood River Area

Nikkei Farmers

Taken: Oregonians Arrested after Pearl Harbor

Taken: FBI

Oregon Nikkei History

Portland Assemby Center

 

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Allie Takahashi:
Fabric & Skin
May 11 – July 3, 2019

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